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Amex cardholders use reward points for Best Buy purchases

July 31st, 2015

American Express card members in the Membership Rewards program can now use points to pay for online purchases at US retail giant Best Buy. “American Express’ unique technology enables eligible card members to easily use Membership Rewards points for all or part of their BestBuy.com purchases and allows them to check their Membership Rewards points balance before they check out,” American Express says.

One in five Starbucks sales in the US made with mobile payments

July 24th, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks is processing nearly nine million mobile payments a week across its US locations, representing 20% of all in-store transactions, CEO Howard Schultz revealed during the company’s third quarter earnings call. The company… More

Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

July 15th, 2015

Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

Greggs adds NFC payments and rewards to app

July 13th, 2015

UK bakery chain Greggs has updated its app to include NFC for payments and rewards redemption using technology from POS provider Spire Payments and Eagle Eye. “Android users tap their phone against the card terminal, which will connect to Eagle Eye’s AIR platform,” Eagle Eye says. “Customers can pay, get a coffee stamp and receive instant offers and rewards.”

MLB offers Apple Pay rewards

July 13th, 2015

Visitors to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati have the chance to win a Priceless Surprise when using Apple Pay for purchases. “MasterCard cardholders who use Apple Pay at contactless merchandise and concession acceptance locations could get a little something extra — from All-Star branded premiums, autographed memorabilia to prepaid cards and more,” MasterCard says.

“Highly interested” Canadians ready for mobile payments

July 3rd, 2015

Some 14% of Canadian consumers say they are highly interested in making in-store mobile payments and 11% are also interested in using a wearable device such as a smartwatch to do so, research from payment… More

Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards

July 2nd, 2015

French spirits brand Rémy Martin is to launch a connected cognac bottle equipped with an NFC tag that will let consumers check the product is authentic and whether it has been opened and resealed, as well as allowing them to retrieve rewards and special offers after it has been purchased. More

Las Vegas gets park and reward meters

July 2nd, 2015

Drivers in Las Vegas can pick up offers from local businesses via 16 interactive on-street parking meters. The service is part of the City Connector project launched by MasterCard and fare collection systems provider Parkeon. “Customers can select any deals using the terminals’ interactive screens, after which the relevant coupons are immediately printed and redeemed at the POS when visiting the merchant,” Parkeon explains.

Google to acquire Tesco’s Clubcard division?

June 22nd, 2015

Google is reported to be considering acquiring the Tesco-owned loyalty agency that is responsible for the development of the supermarket giant’s Clubcard rewards scheme. “Google would like to use Dunnhumby to offer more reward and loyalty bonuses for Android Pay users,” IT Pro Portal reports. “Acquiring Clubcard may allow Google more insider knowledge as to the workings of the UK market.”

Twin Peaks offers mobile payments with MyCheck

June 19th, 2015

US sports bar chain Twin Peaks will offer mobile payments through an integration with MyCheck at its locations in August. “The new Twin Peaks mobile app will allow customers to view, split and pay their bill using Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Wallet, debit or credit cards, order additional menu items and access exclusive rewards and special offers only redeemable in the app,” MyCheck says.

Jamba Juice and Fishbowl integrate promotions to Android Pay

June 18th, 2015

Jamba Juice and restaurant data analytics provider Fishbowl have worked together to integrate Fishbowl’s Promotion Manager software into Android Pay, allowing guests to “save and use promotions while merchants will be able to process redemptions in real time,” the companies say. “We are now able to deliver unique Promotion Manager codes end-to-end in the Android Pay ecosystem,” adds Fishbowl’s Dev Ganesan.

Almost one in six US consumers are using mobile wallets

June 17th, 2015

Almost one in six US consumers (15%) have used a mobile wallet in the past six months, up from 9% in the same period in 2013, and an additional 22% are likely to adopt mobile… More

Verifone to support Apple Pay loyalty schemes

June 12th, 2015

Payments giant Verifone will support retailer loyalty and rewards programs, in addition to NFC mobile payments, via Apple Pay from the autumn with the release of iOS 9. Six retailers, including US grocery chain Whole Foods Market, will be the first to accept NFC loyalty transactions on Verifone’s MX 915 and MX 925 POS terminals for consumers to redeem rewards and gain points.

Synchrony Financial supports Apple Pay

June 9th, 2015

Consumer financial services provider Synchrony Financial will offer private label credit cardholders the ability to add their cards to Apple Pay, starting with retail partner JCPenney. “Synchrony Financial is committed to supporting the benefits our private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards offer, including loyalty and rewards programs, POS discounts and promotional financing, when customers choose to make payments with Apple Pay,” the company says.

Apple Pay adds loyalty cards and expands to UK

June 8th, 2015

Apple Pay will be available in the UK from July 2015, vice president of Apple Pay business Jennifer Bailey has announced at the iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Users of the mobile payments service will also be able to add store credit, debit and loyalty cards to their Apple mobile wallet from “this fall”. More

Apple Pay added to 12 banks

June 4th, 2015

Apple has added a further 12 US banks and credit unions to its list of participating financial institutions. In the wake of Google’s unveiling of Android Pay, “Apple is expected to announce enhancements to Apple Pay … including a rewards system,” 9to5mac reports.

Samsung mobile commerce boss talks Samsung Pay, Android Pay and launch delay

June 3rd, 2015

Samsung Pay is to launch in Korea and the US in September 2015, later than originally planned, and then roll out to Europe, China, Australia and South America, executive vice president of mobile commerce Dr… More

OTI to support Android Pay

June 1st, 2015

NFC and cashless payment solutions provider On Track Innovations has integrated support for Android Pay payments and rewards into its Saturn NFC readers. “OTI’s Android Pay-enabled NFC reader will automatically recognise and apply loyalty cards loaded in Android Pay,” the company explains. “Similarly, Android Pay users will benefit from the ability to receive, store and present offers with enabled merchants.”

Apple Pay rewards program looms?

May 28th, 2015

Apple is preparing to unveil enhancements to Apple Pay that will include the launch of a rewards program for the mobile payments service, according to reports. “People familiar with Apple Pay said that, next month, Apple will announce such a program offering perks to consumers who make purchases with the service, though they declined to reveal details,” the New York Times says. It also quotes inside sources confirming that Android Pay and a new Google Wallet will be announced at Google’s I/O developer conference today.

Carrefour uses LED lighting to send offers to shoppers in stores

May 27th, 2015

French supermarket giant Carrefour is piloting an LED in-store lighting system in its Lille hypermarket that sends location-based services, offers and promotions to a shopper’s smartphone anywhere across the 7,800 square metre shop floor. For the… More

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